Orientation Process

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    Three months into being a clinical educator, I am curious as to how other hospitals do nursing orientation. Where I work we have 2 days of general orientation and then nurses also have 3 days of clinical orientation. After that, the nurses get 3-4 weeks unit orientation. Is this the norm or what other way is orientation done? The 3 days of clinical orientation is going over some basic skills and how certain procedures are done at the hospital. I am thinking of doing a research study on this and any replies will help me start. Thanks for any help!
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    I work at a children's hospital:

    1. 1 day of general hospital orientation (benefits, overview of organization, etc.)
    2. 3 days of classroom orientation for nurses, nursing assistants, and respiratory therapists (safety, basic infection control, child development, working with parents, principles of pain management, BCLS, etc.)
    3. 2 or 3 days of unit-based classes that covers specific things related to that unit and job role
    4. 5-20 weeks of clinical preceptorship
    5. 3-10 days of classes scattered throughout the first year to provide more depth on selected topics. People in different jobs go to different classes. Computer classes would be included in this group -- which many need to take ASAP so they can chart.
    6. Self-study computer modules that must be completed within the first few weeks (mandatory yearly education such as hazaardous materials, fire and electrical safety, etc.)
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    130 bed acute care hospital -
    One day of new employee orientation (benefits, Code of conduct, etc)
    3 days of new nurse orientation (various policies, documents, quick review of some equipment, core measures, etc)
    Departmental orientation can be 2-6 weeks, depending on experience of nurse and unit assignment (critical care is longer).
    I use JC patient safety goals and guide for cultural/linguistic care to create agenda. I also bring in Directors or managers of various non-nursing depts. to discuss how their dept interacts with nursing. That way the nurse can get better answers to questions.
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    All nurses receive 2 weeks classroom. And after that:
    -New nurses receive 10-12 weeks with a preceptor, 3 months of internship classes, and 1 year of nursing residency.
    -Experienced nurses receive 2-4 weeks of preceptor time.
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    Quote from Ivana RN-BC
    All nurses receive 2 weeks classroom. And after that:
    -New nurses receive 10-12 weeks with a preceptor, 3 months of internship classes, and 1 year of nursing residency.
    -Experienced nurses receive 2-4 weeks of preceptor time.
    Ivana -could you tell me where you work? I cannot pm you. Thank you my friend. Elprup
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    Ivana -could you tell me where you work? I cannot pm you. Thank you my friend. Elprup
    Sorry, forgot to add that. North Texas


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